Meaning of umbellifer in English:


Pronunciation /ʌmˈbɛlɪfə/


  • A plant of the parsley family, having its flowers arranged in umbels.

    Family Umbelliferae: numerous genera and species

    ‘This is why it is important to have a good cross-section of indigenous plants that will host predators, such as umbellifers like fennel and dill that attract hoverfly larvae that eat aphids.’
    • ‘The silphium plant, a sturdy umbellifer (though with some untypical features), was a regular Cyrenaic coin type for hundreds of years.’
    • ‘The airy structure of umbellifers makes them uniquely beautiful in death.’
    • ‘A tall, slow growing Mediterranean umbellifer that grows wild in Greece, it makes a good structural plant for a border, or as a specimen.’


Early 18th century from obsolete French umbellifère, from Latin umbella ‘parasol’ + -fer ‘bearing’.